Soter Proprietary Red, Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley, Soter Vineyards
“Little Creek” Vineyard is a 3-acre parcel of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon surrounding the Soter home in Napa. It lies in a horseshoe-shaped valley to the east of the city of Napa. Many know the region as Tulocay — a word used to describe the Native American inhabitants of a village in this small valley. Today it is called Coombsville and refers to a viticultural zone, distinct from its neighbors in Napa County in a number of important ways.
Like its neighbor to the south, Carneros, Coombsville benefits from the cooling breezes drawn in through the Golden Gate. However, here the morning fog burns off much sooner, and cool breezes sweep through the vineyard on late summer afternoons, which slows ripening and encourages flavor development in the grapes. This microclimate is distinct from the valley floor and mountain appellations of the Napa Valley. The soils are well-drained, stony loams that are essentially weathered volcanic materials, washed down the valley over millennia. This Cabernet Franc vineyard was planted in 1993, on low-vigor rootstocks. Today it is entering its prime years of production.